PATNA: The railways have finally surrendered before the students who had been protesting for the past about a fortnight demanding for scrapping of new criterions in the Group C and D recruitment.
The railways had not only reduced the age limit for Group C and D recruitment but also reserved most of the seats for ITI holders, leading to strong protests in Bihar.
For the past about a fortnight, the angry students had been strongly protesting across the state, attacking trains, disrupting their movements and blocking railways tracks.
The youths not only protested on the tracks but also ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s take on “Pakauda economy”, declaring “Ham Chai-Pakauda nahin bechenge” (We won’t sell tea and fritters).”
The protests literally unnerved the NDA government headed by Modi given the fact that the protesters came from the groups who had been lured by the coalition during the 2014 LS elections campaign.
The government literally got panicked over the way the country’s young voters were revolting and hurriedly annulled railways’ new rules before it’s too late.
“Railways has decided for this exam, there is no insistence on ITI or NTC qualification for the entire group D, we are reverting back to the criteria which were existing earlier,” Union railway minister Piyush Goyal told the ANI.
He added, “All the changes, we are doing in railway recruitment- as a lot of candidates were not qualified to apply, so we gave age relaxation, brought availability to give exams in regional languages.”
Such was panic in the NDA that Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi remained constantly in touch with the senior party leader and continued briefing them about the kind of students’ protests in the state while “requesting’ the railway minister to consider their demands.
He was also very quick to thank the railway minister after he made the announcements about reverting back to the old criteria.
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